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Scalp Micropigmentation Permanent Tattoo Hairline

Traditional hair transplants can take MONTHS to see noticeable effects, whereas Scalp Micropigmentation takes hours and is near immediate. According to experts, it can take 2-4 hours per session depending on the size, complexity, and skin type of a client. For optimal coverage and results, Picasso Scalp Micropigmentation recommends 3-4 sessions. This is because micro-needles are used to make each precise tattoo, creating a natural aesthetic of a hairline, and full head of hear, through carefully placed pigments – the end result is a beautiful shadow which reshapes your face, hairline, and provides a youthful, vibrant look.

Does SMP Last Long
Even the patchiest hairlines or bald spots can be completely covered in 3-4 sessions of Scalp Micropgimentation. Hairline fortified, and thin spots filled in masterfully.


Does SMP Last Long? Is SMP Permanent like a Tattoo or Semi Permanent?

Time is important to us all, and that’s what makes SMP such a great choice for busy professionals. Unlike a permanent tattoo needle, Scalp Micropigmentation requires a nuisance, artistic approach using a micro-needle and penetrating 2 of the 3 layers of skin (the epidermis). We shed the top layer every 28 days.

The deepest layer is the hypodermis. The hypodermis is deep to the dermis and is also called subcutaneous fascia. It is the deepest layer of skin and contains adipose lobules along with some skin appendages like the hair follicles, sensory neurons, and blood vessels.

Scalp Micropigmentation Permanent Tattoo Hairline


Because SMP only goes about a dime’s width (1.35 millimeters to 2 millimeters) into the hypodermis, it’s a pseudo-permanent tattoo, meaning it lasts an incredibly long period of time – typically 5-8 years, read our FAQ webpage to learn more. The depth of Scalp Micropigmentation allows it to be a long-term option for hair loss, while still aesthetically pleasing using microneedles and specialized pigments.

Sunlight and UV rays will quicken the shedding and renewal of the hypodermis, resulting in fading. However, many clients choose to live their active lives normally and get refreshes and touch-ups, which take less time, and less money, since it will be less intensive than your initial 3-4 sessions.



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Picasso Scalp Micropigmentation - California

5.0 190 reviews

  • Avatar Scalp Doctor ★★★★★ 5 hours ago
    You're in great hands if you choose this place for your SMP!
  • Avatar Gigi Medina ★★★★★ 12 hours ago
    Jeff is amazing! His attention to detail is on point, made me feel very secure that I was doing the right decision on getting my scalp done, my hair looks fuller and my hair line looks great! I'm very happy with the results. Thank you!
  • Avatar Sherrie ★★★★★ 2 days ago
    So happy with the results, thank you for the density fill .
  • Avatar Miguel Martinez-Lafuente ★★★★★ 5 days ago
    Amazing work !! Thanks, Jeff!
  • Avatar Daniela Amkie ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    Kat was super nice and patient with us. He took my husband at night because we had a flight te next day. He did an amazing job. My husband looks 10 years younger :) super professional, highly recommend
  • Avatar Ron Caluya ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    Very hesitant at first, not knowing what to expect. From the moment I walked in, the anxiety disappeared immediately. The Hollywood facility was not what I had anticipated. The place was an immaculate, upcale, modern loft type converted SMP Studio. A cross between a Vegas Lounge with a Hollywood vibe..... This guy took my temp, made sure I had a mask on, and was very professional. Answered all my questions and immediately gave me confidence in proceeding with the procedure. Even explained his goals of what he thought would fit best for me. Enter, Kat (The best SMP Artist in the West Coast) hands down...... Kat's definitely a master of his craft. I was the most meticulous and precise person I've ever known, until I met Kat. Thank you Kat for taking the time and going above and beyond what I had imagined. Amazing work!
  • Avatar Hiba Hashemi ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
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Picasso Scalp Micropigmentation - Chicago

5.0 98 reviews

  • Avatar J Rilla ★★★★★ 3 hours ago
    One of the best decision I've made. I wasn't sure which establishment to go too, but after I've seen the reviews I decided to go here. Let me tell you Shannon did a Amazing jod! Super nice, professional and very knowledgeable of the craft. I would highly recommend anyone looking to get try the Justice Illinois location.
  • Avatar MsWonderfulOils ★★★★★ 9 hours ago
  • Avatar Petrie Manuel ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    Jeff is amazing and skillful at what he does. He did a great job! I can tell he has years of experience and knows what he is doing to make it look precise and natural 👏
  • Avatar Carlos Ramirez Patiño ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    I highly recommend Picasso Scalp Micro pigmentation. Shannon was very professional and did such a great job.
  • Avatar CACTUS JACK21 ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Had a very good experience with Jeff, he was able to cover up a scar I had and now you can barely even notice it. I would highly recommend going here.
  • Avatar Precision Diagnostics ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Before contacting Jeff, I checked all around the Chicago area for the best scalp micro pigmentation artist. I went through all of Jeff's reviews and ig posts to finally make my decision. I had a density fill and showed him a picture from about 3yrs ago before I started thinning and was promised to make it look very real in the end. HE DID NOT DISAPPOINT! He is the man to go to! 6 stars!
  • Avatar V rezo ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Extremely satisfied with the work that was done put all my worries at ease throughout the whole process. Couldn't ask for a more professional artist as well as workmanship is amazing any questions or concerns he is sure to put them at ease .I'm on session number 2 and couldn't be more happy with the product.

Picasso Scalp Micropigmentation Austin Texas IconPicasso Scalp Micropigmentation Austin Texas

13130 Pond Springs Road APT 1107, Austin

5.0 6 reviews

  • Avatar mayson marinez ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Ivan is awesome! I've been wearing a baseball cap for over 20 years. After my first session I could not believe it. My wife and kids have finally seen me without cap. This is one talented down to earth guy I've come across. Love … More my results.
  • Avatar Kenneth Smith ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Shopped around for SMP for a long time. The quality that I saw from Picasso was by far the best so I went with them. After several hours in the car to get down to Austin and 3 sessions, I couldn’t be happier with the results. Ivan is super … More talented and provides an awesome and relaxing atmosphere and is very professional. Thank you to Ivan and Picasso for changing my life!
    -Ken Smith
  • Avatar Champion Properties ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Just finished my last session with Ivan and I am beside myself. I had no idea how much of a difference this procedure would make and how realistic it would turn out. I'm well into my 40's and he made me look 10 plus years younger … More overnight. I could go on forever about how pleased I am with the results. Ivan came highly recommended but I had no idea he was this talented. I am so happy I got this done. It's a life changer for sure. I want to add that not only is he a great artist but he is just an all around great person. I thouroughly enjoyed my conversations with him while he was working on me. Wouldn't change a thing about the whole experience.
    -Tim Champion
  • Avatar Vic Painter ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Soo glad I shopped around! The stuff here are amazing people and artists. I felt super comfortable and taken care of the entire time, and the results are even more exceptional than I and my wife expected!! Best scalp Micropigmentation in … More Texas.
  • Avatar Randy Crocker ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    This is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Ivan is one of the best.
  • Avatar Gojo Satoru ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    I’m so happy I discovered SMP in Austin, they have literally changed my life. I have suffered from hair loss and thinning since my teenage years, and spent so long trying different methods to cover up such as make up and hair products. … More I had a density enhancement procedure done and I couldn’t believe the results! I am no longer spending hours covering my thinning every morning and I couldn’t be happier that I finally discovered something that has worked.